Enchanted Glass
Author Diana Wynne Jones
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Publication information
UK Release Date Jan 9, 2010
US Release Date April 8, 2010

One of the last Diana Wynne Jones novels published before her death. It concerns two solitary people from different generations who end up in the same old house trying to figure out what needs to be done to save the magical landscapes it is designed to protect.

One of the main themes of the novel has to do with the power of the wavy antique colored glass panels in several parts of the Melstone House grounds. This was a reference in the previous novel Deep Secret, where the protagonists come closer to one another based on their mutual sense of the value of such a magical kind of artifact. Since that glass was located in Bristol, which is where Diana Wynne Jones spent most of her adult life, it's likely she was talking about something she was very familiar with -- the dockyards at Bristol were heavily bombed during WWII, and bombs and the fires that go with them can do that to glass.


When Aidan Cain's grandmother Adela dies, he is sent off to live in foster care. This is upsetting, since Adela's last instruction to him was that if anything happened to her, he should go and ask for help from Jocelyn Brandon, who will assist him. Jocelyn Brandon lives in a large house in the country called Melstone, whose grounds turn out to be quite a bit more magical than most places. Once Aidan succeeds in getting to Melstone, he finds both allies and enemies, and great danger is faced in supporting the former, and defeating the latter.


Counterparts Edit

One of the issues in this novel is that certain characters want there to be no counterparts between the magical world and the mundane world. The solution, those characters feel, is to force the human characters to leave Melstone entirely. Counterparts are defined by their physical and talent similarity to another being. Counterparts mentioned here include:

  • Groil and Shaun
  • Trixie Appleby and Mabel Brown
  • Tarquin and the Puck
  • Stache and Titania